Holiness for Housewives

And Other Working Women

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Housewives: learn how you can stay serene - and even find God -amid the dishes and the diapers!

This unique spiritual guide will help you grow holier and more prayerful as you perform the most menial household chores -- not in spite of those chores, but in the midst of them.

Written especially for women in charge of households, Holiness for Housewives will help you better understand and respect your vocation as a housewife -- and discover in it your own God-given path to sanctity.

This handy guide will show you how to:

  • Find meaning in even the most boring work
  • Pray in the midst of a bustling household
  • Bear the stress of those long days in which the work never seems to end
  • Develop a greater awareness of God's presence -- even amid the diapers and the dirty dishes
  • Learn to rely more on your will and less on emotions, when life seems to be an endless round of drudgery
  • Handle your burdens and sorrows with prayers that are especially fashioned for housewives

Let Holiness for Housewives show you how to find and savor the lasting pleasures that await you in your noble, God-given vocation as a housewife!

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"Van Zeller points out a sure way to combat fatigue and weariness of spirit. Written with charm and a fine sense of humor."


Ave Maria Magazine
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"Inspiring reading for every housewife, and every spouse, father, brother, and son of a housewife!"


The Midwest Book Review
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"Here’s a way to grow holy day by day through intimacy with the ordinary."

Dr. Susan Muto
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""Housewives and mothers of families will find much to help them in this author’s common sense."


Homiletic and Pastoral Review

"Who would not want to have arguably the greatest theologian and convert maker of the last two centuries at his side as he enters into conversation with the Lord on a daily basis? This book will help you immensely in your struggle for holiness and winning the world for Christ and His Church."

Fr. C. John McCloskey
Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute
  • Pages: 104
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-0-918477-47-7
  • Product Code: 476
  • Availability: In Stock
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A spiritual writer who gets it!
Dom van Zeller is one of the few priests writing for lay people who really gets it. Nothing here about "If you were really devout you'd find an hour every day for prayer" (while your children do what, exactly?). Here is genuinely valuable spiritual advice for mothers of families. Highly recommended.
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Best book I've found on the topic
I admit that this book wasn't what I was expecting when I first came across it. But it has turned out to be the richest and wisest book on the vocation of wife and mother that I have read. A mere 63 pages of text, it is not written in a light, chatty style with "dust jacket sound bites" but rather as an experienced spiritual director speaks to a soul, with directness, depth, and understanding. And it's not to be read in one sitting, but each section taken a little at a time to meditate upon and internalize.
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Not just for housewives!
This book is so practical and useful. Without talking down to anyone or making me feel guilty about the prayers I am not praying, Van Zeller incorporates practical tips for handing over our time and dedicating our tasks to the Lord. Don't be fooled by the title - it's not just for housewives!
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I refer back to this all the time!
I can't count the number of times I've referred back to this little book, especially its discussions on finding holiness in the state of life God has given you (no pining to be a nun, or ballerina, or CEO, or SAHM, if you're not called to be one), offering up your daily frustrations as an act of love & growth in holiness, and the great GK Chesterton quote & discussion: "How can it be broad to be one thing to everyone, yet narrow to be everything to one person?" So many words of wisdom for women of all vocations.
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Practical Prayer for Practical Moms
Wow! Holiness for Housewives offers genuine, understandable, and practical guidance for mothers! This is a helpful--and hopeful-- book for women who wish to grow their spirituality within the context of their daily routine. Van Zeller truly edifies the day-to-day tasks of stay-at-home moms and offers very specific ways that these tasks can lead one to a deeper relationship with God. Rather than trying to deepen one's spirituality IN SPITE OF the daily chores and child-care duties, he discuses how one might offer the busyness of the day as a prayer in and of itself. He calls this "practicing the presence of God." This process places incredibe value on both one's personal realtionship with God and on mothering. I've often thought of these two endeavors as somewhat mutually exclusive--or at least as competitors. But Van Zeller provides a method in which they can fit together in a way which enriches them both.
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